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Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium: Feb. 12 at 3:15 p.m.
Author: Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Posted: February 12, 2014

Yeonwoo Rho, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Inference for Time Series Regression Models with Nonstationary Errors

In time series regression problems, it is often assumed that the errors in regression models are stationary with weak dependence, and the existing inferential procedures critically depend on this assumption. Recently, there has been a surge of awareness that the stationary error assumption is too restrictive and for many time series of macroeconomic and climate variables, the errors exhibit strong nonstationarity. Thus there is a need to develop new inference methods that account for nonstationary errors. In this talk, we consider two problems in time series regression: inference of the parameter vector in deterministic trend models, and unit root testing in stochastic trend models. In both models, we allow for general forms of nonstationary errors, which can accommodate both smooth and abrupt changes in second order properties. For commonly used statistics based on ordinary least square estimators, we derive the limiting null distributions, which depend on the unknown nonstationarity of the errors in a nontrivial way. To perform the inference, we propose to use the wild bootstrap and one of its variants to approximate the nonpivotal limiting null distributions and rigorously justify the consistency.  Numerical results will be presented to demonstrate the size or coverage accuracy achieved by our procedure in comparison with the existing counterparts in presence of nonstationary errors.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 3:15pm 
Neuberger Hall room 454
(Refreshments served at 3:00 in presentation room)

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.